INTRODUCTION TO EPISODE 26
Knowing how to be lead through family decisions is as important as leading your way through your professional life. Learn how you can achieve the feat as Professor Christopher Brown walks us through the process.
Dr. Christopher Brown is the author of the famous book, Ready to Kindergarten, and specializes in the whole area of leaving your kids in school. In this episode of the Advance podcast, Mike speaks to him on leading your child through the early stages of their life. They discuss kids’ kindergarten period, the importance of understanding them better, and breaking free from traditional ways of learning and leading to help you succeed in being a good leader in your family.
EPISODE 26 SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS
What happens in kindergarten is not what’s going to happen in our children’s lives in the next 30 years. How do we understand this better?
Kids are going to continue to grow all throughout their lives. And so, if there's a setback, or if they make a mistake, it's not a big deal, we have to be there to help them learn, to make and correct that mistake, and move forward in their learning.
How important is it to understand your kids’ interests and abilities?
You don't know what your kid is going to be interested in. You may think your kid is going to play high school football because you played high school football. But that may not be the case, your kid may become a theater kid. Trying to press your kid to be something that they may not want to be and making a decision so early in their life can be really disheartening for you and problematic for the relationship you want to establish with your kid.
What are some of the things you should recognize before your child becomes five years old?
The first thing you could do is provide them with lots of different learning opportunities. Provide them with opportunities to interact with different adults so that they are comfortable in a group environment.
Give your kids the skills and the knowledge to take care of themselves.
How can you, as a parent, build a strong relationship with the school personnel?
The first thing we need to do as parents is to get to know them as human beings.
Once you do that, you start sharing what you know about your child with them.
What should families know in making the decision about sending their kids off to kindergarten?
The first thing is to know your kid. Know how he or she learns, what he or she wants in life, how she or he or she reacts to different learning situations.
“The more you prep your kid for those types of transitions, as you would as a leader of a company, the more you prep your employees for a transition that's going to happen, the more successful they're going to be within that situation.”
“As parents, we do want to be leaders. But we also want to be loving, caring people that our kids remember as they go through life, that they were there for us and supported us in all these big transitions, as they go forward.”
1. Ready for Kindergarten by Dr. Christopher Brown
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